Last Post

I came into this internship not knowing much about art, and for my last blog post, I was hoping to demonstrate that I’ve learned something. If cheesy puns make you cringe, feel free to close this page now.

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Feeling V(ery) R(eluctant)

This week I went to Capitol Hill’s Virtual Reality Event at their Visitor Center. A few Phillips staff members and I watched a panel discussion on emerging VR technologies, changing federal policies on the subject, and the implications of VR in our daily lives and work. We also got the opportunity to test out VR designed by different companies, which had a variety of applications: from the leisure-related, like music videos; gaming; storytelling; and promoting tourism; to the more practical, like job training; education; and even distraction therapy for hospitalized patients. Then there was the use that was more relevant to us, which involves bringing the museum experience to people that are incapable of experiencing it in real life.

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The Big Things

Interns often have to count on the little things in order to feel validated. A document that comes back with very few edits. A smile and a wave (and sometimes even their name) from another employee as they enter the office in the morning. An Instagrammed photo of the coffee they spilled because it looked “artsy”, rather than contempt. But when an intern receives enthusiastic praise for a project they did, they will be so overwhelmed with self-fulfillment that you may have to forget their name again to take it down a notch.

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Making a Point: A Conversation Between Me & Our Survey Evaluation Report

 

Me: Good morning, Survey Evaluation Report. I see that you’ve somehow gotten longer overnight.

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Visitor Surveys: The Good, The Bad, and The Painful

This week has been a testament to why I love museum work. For about a month I’ve been doing visitor surveys. Just when people thought they were done with us, when they had finally gone three times through every gallery looking for the exit and pulled out their DC maps to find the National Gallery, I would jump in their way.

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